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My Town Grand Haven: 'Weird Animals' Vacation Bible School begins June 23
My Town Grand Haven: 'Weird Animals' Vacation Bible School begins June 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish is inviting area children in kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in Vacation Bible School, from June 23 to June 26.

VBS will take place each day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Parish Family Center, 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven. Program cost is $10 per child to attend and the registration deadline is 12 p.m. on June 20. The theme for this year’s VBS is “Weird Animals:  Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind."

“By weird, we mean unique, wonderful and one-of-a-kind, in the sense that kids can experience the extraordinary love of Jesus,” said Rebecca Chicklon, children’s ministry director with St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish.

At Weird Animals VBS, kids will learn about some of God’s most unique creations.  Children will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one-of-a-kind, plus test out “Sciency-Fun Gizmos” they will take home and play with all summer long.

Anyone from the community is invited to have their children participate in VBS.  Those interested in registering can download a registration form on the St. Patrick/St. Anthony website here.  The form is located under the “Faith Formation” tab for VBS.  Those with questions can contact Chicklon by calling (616) 842-8230 ext. 133 or by emailing  rchicklon@stpatsgh.org

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first church was built on our property in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  Our current church was opened in 1957 after our old church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.  Rev. William Langlois has served as pastor for 18 years with the parish and celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination in the ministry in May 2014.